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Old 06-08-2010, 16:01:24   #1
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Alastair Cook

Can someone remind me again why he's an England test cricket?

Is it his great hair, or dreamy eyes?
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Old 07-08-2010, 15:31:29   #2
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Old 09-08-2010, 16:23:09   #4
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A resounding 21 runs from his two innings against a distinctly second-rate Pakistan. I'm going to be moaning about him all the way to the Ashes. He is not a test-standard opening bat.
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And out for 110, nice kiss of death by me.
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Old 21-08-2010, 11:50:35   #7
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He does that every year. One big innings, just when the calls to drop him reach deafening levels. Then it's back to mediocrity again.

Meanwhile Trescothick gets 228 not out from 230 balls on a tricky pitch against Essex. Brilliant for Somerset fans like me, but it just leaves England fans like me howling with frustration.
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Old 21-08-2010, 14:08:29   #8
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Even including that 110, Cook's average in the series is 26.3. His Ashes average is about 28 off two series.
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Old 27-08-2010, 18:23:02   #9
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Aaaaaaand exactly as predicted it's back to mediocrity with a stirring 10.

This Amir lad looks ominously good.
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Old 28-08-2010, 09:49:02   #10
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Great comment on the BBC live feed.

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1040: What a dull day of Test cricket on Friday. Just four wickets going down in the first three overs, a shocking collapse and then one of the all-time great comebacks, with the two best batting displays of the respective players careers. Rubbish. Let's hope for better today.
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Old 28-08-2010, 15:26:27   #11
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I realise not everyone's into Cricket, but this is probably the most mental test match I've ever seen. Unbelievable stuff.
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Great stuff, though I've missed all the good stuff.
Will the first ball today be a no-ball?
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Old 29-08-2010, 08:44:28   #13
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Who's your replacement for Cook anyway? No idea who is around at the moment. Kieswetter?
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Old 29-08-2010, 08:44:52   #14
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or Trott opening and Hildreth in?
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Of course I know your preferred option would be Ian Bell.
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Old 29-08-2010, 11:51:52   #16
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For home tests it'd have to be talks with Trescothick. All his breakdowns have been on tours- I'd play him on English soil, but that doesn't help with the Ashes of course. That's all probably a forlorn hope though.

Michael Carberry has been in good form this summer and is worth trying. Bopara might have been humiliated in the last Ashes, but he's certainly got potential that needs nurturing- not as an opener, however.
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Old 29-08-2010, 11:54:12   #17
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Aaaaaaaaand having praised Amir, I now wonder if he'll ever play a test match again.
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Old 31-08-2010, 19:54:34   #18
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Just announced-

England Twenty20 squad: P Collingwood (c), C Kieswetter, S Davies (wkt), R Bopara, E Morgan, L Wright, T Bresnan, M Yardy, S Broad, G Swann, R Sidebottom, J Anderson.

England one-day international squad: A Strauss (c), S Davies (wkt), J Trott, R Bopara, P Collingwood, E Morgan, L Wright, T Bresnan, M Yardy, S Broad, G Swann, A Shahzad, R Sidebottom, J Anderson.

Pietersen dropped. Disappointing to see Carberry omitted.
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with Cook scoring 1,504 runs in his past 12 Tests, at an average of 94, England have been crushingly good in the five-day game. Cook, meanwhile, won the ICC's Test Cricketer of the Year.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011...cket-interview

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mainly because I only bumped into Atherton at the end of the Sri Lanka series, when he was doing the TV interviews. He asked me: 'Do you think you've proved your critics wrong?' I just said: 'Have I?' And, to be fair, he did say: 'Yes.'"
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Quick. Edit in some posts where you were disagreeing with me over those years where he was being crap.
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Oh, I was totally agreeing with you.
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There it is! Cook has scored his 23rd century, and become the most successful batsman in the history of the English Test team.
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Isn't he Laz's favourite player?
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I think we should drop him for the dumb way he got out the other day...
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Isn't he Laz's favourite player?

I've made far worse predictions of future form. Hell, I voted LibDem at the last election.
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